Sunday, April 9, 2017

What's the Best Sounding Cello?

By Andy Fein, Violin Maker and Owner, Fein Violins

In our shop, we're often asked "What's the best sounding cello?" Everyone wants the best sound, of course. Every player wants to have great tone, great projection, and fast response. Who wouldn't??? But..... (and there's always a but) I think two words have been left out of that question. The question really should be "What's the best sounding cello FOR ME?" Or, my child, friend, spouse, etc.
The 'King' Amati cello, made circa 1555


(If you read my previous blog post What's the Best Sounding Violin?, much of the following will sound familiar)

The wonderful cellist Myung-Wha Chung plays on what I consider to be one of the best (if not THE BEST!) sounding cellos I've ever heard, the 1731 'Braga' Stradivarius cello. I've also had the opportunity to study this cello in depth.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

What's the Best Sounding Violin?

By Andy Fein, Violin Maker and Owner, Fein Violins

In our shop, we're often asked "What's the best sounding violin?" Everyone wants the best sound, of course. Every player wants to have great tone, great projection, and fast response. Who wouldn't??? But..... (and there's always a but) I think two words have been left out of that question. The question really should be "What's the best sounding violin FOR ME?" Or, my child, friend, spouse, etc.

Listen to great violinist Rachel Barton Pine discuss the tonal differences between Stradivaris and Guarneri del Gesus.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Can a Classical Musician Get A Star on Hollywood Blvd? Yes, You Can!

By Andy Fein and Miranda Crawford, Fein Violins

I recently saw a quick social media post that showed a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame with the name of the great violist William Primrose.

Really? A classical musician with their own star. And a violist, no less! I thought the stars were all reserved for glamorous movie stars. Most of them are, but there are stars for some great string players, conductors, and composers. What would the movies be like without great music to go with them?

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cellos are Big. They Used to be Bigger.

By Andy Fein, Luthier, Fein Violins, Ltd.

If you've ever seen someone struggling down the street or up the stairs with a cello, your first thought might be "Wow! Those are big instruments!" Well, in the very long history of cellos, many of them used to be even bigger.
The 'Lord Aylesford' Stradivarius cello. A BIG cello
The standard body length of a modern cellos is about 750mm (29 1/2"). Before 1700, some monster cellos, even those made by great makers, were 760mm to 800mm (30" to 31.5"). These big cello were also proportionately wider in width. Think about that the next time you need to reach around your cello's upper bouts to play in upper positions!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Wood Music Stands- No Need to Be Wired

By Andy Fein, Fein Violins

We have all experienced the heartbreak of a flimsy wire music stand. You finally have the mindset and the time to practice. You put your Big Book of Etudes on your teeny wire music stand and... Boom! Down goes the music stand and your music. Hopefully, it missed your instrument.

Plus, they're just ugly. Put one in the music room in your home along with your precious instruments and nice furnishings? I. Don't. Think. So.

We came up with a better solution.
              

Introducing-  Our Professional Wood Music Stand with a  beautiful solid wood walnut top and a very reliable black metal height adjusting pole and tilt mechanism. Made especially for Fein Violins by the venerable German music stand manufacturer Konig and Meyer.